James Junior Smith

  • Born: October 7, 1933
  • Died: June 9, 2020
  • Location: Woodbridge, Virginia

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Tribute & Message From The Family

James Junior Smith was born on October 7, 1933 and passed away on June 9, 2020. James was a resident of Woodbridge, Virginia.

The Life, Love and Legacy of

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:6-7)

James Junior Smith, affectionately known by many friends and loved ones as "Spoon", passed away in his home on June 9, 2020 in Woodbridge, Virginia at the age of 86.

James was the only child born to the union of James Refus Smith (father) and Maude Taylor (mother). Shortly after graduating from Buffalo High School in Accoville, West Virginia in 1951, he joined the United States Air Force, where he served for four years. In 1957, he married Elnoria Thomas, the love of his life. From this Union, four children were born: Keith, Kathy, Karmel and Kirby. In 1961, James moved his growing family to Washington, D.C. where he began work in the construction industry. Shortly thereafter, he began working for the U.S. Postal Service where he rose to a Tour Superintendent position and remained until his retirement in 1996, after 33 years of faithful employment.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Elnoria, and son Keith Derwin Smith.

James' memories are cherished by two daughters, Kathy Thomas and Karmel J. Smith of Woodbridge, Virginia; one son, Kirby F. Smith of Woodbridge, Virginia; nine grandchildren – Stephanie, Jaclyn, Kevin, Kristen, Tiffanie, Keith, Kortez, Kirby, and Angel; four great-grandchildren – Promise, King, Kennedy, and Karter.

James is remembered by family and friends as a hard working, dedicated and principled man. He loved his family dearly, and enjoyed music and traveling. He never met a stranger, always had a story to share, a heart of gold, and a laugh that would fill a room.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the family. May God keep you in his arms of protection. I will miss James and especially his sense of humor. I thank God that I was able to be there with you for the service through the courtesy of the tribucast from the Ames Funeral Home. Love you!
Your Cousin, Ergie

Posted by Ergie Jr. Smith - Princeton, WV - Family   June 20, 2020

To the children of Junior, we extend our deepest sorrow. As difficult as this is to get through, better times are ahead arranged by our creator. We have many good memories from WV growing up together. Junior's cousins, Paul, Frank and David Fralin

Posted by Frank Fralin - Upper Marlboro, MD - Family   June 20, 2020

Deepest Sympathy

Branch 135 NAPS, Marty Wright President and Members

Posted by Yvonne Duncan - Washington, DC   June 19, 2020


Our deepest sympathy to Mr. JJ Smith Family. My he rest in peace.
A. Millie Callaway-Branch 135 National Association of Postal Supervisors, Washington DC

Branch President Marty Wright and Members

Posted by Yvonne Duncan - Washington, DC - Coworker   June 19, 2020

Our deepest sympathy, we're so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Prayers and blessings for your family.

Posted by Diane Jenifer and Family - WOODBRIDGE, VA - Friend   June 19, 2020

To Kathy, Karmel & Keith, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences over the loss of your father and our beloved friend. As an admired gardener, Mr. Smith sowed and tended the early seeds of positive cultural and social change in the Dale City and Woodbridge for all to harvest. Mr. James "Spoon" Smith will always be remembered as a "valued friend".

Posted by Rogers & Linda Woolfolk - Ruther Glen - Friend   June 19, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Kirby, Kathy, and Karmel at this most difficult time. As you know, Spoon and I went back a long way having lived very close to him while I lived in Virginia. I will miss Spoon and his great sense of humor.

Posted by Leste Farrington - Boylston, MA - Family Friend   June 16, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Smith Family.

Posted by Carolyn Hughes - Friend   June 15, 2020

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Posted by From the staff of Ames Funeral Home - Manassas, VA   June 14, 2020

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